Article on Toxoplasmosis by Dr Isobel Johnstone
overview of the disease Toxoplasmosis by Dr Isobel Johnstone who has had a
lifetime career as a Veterinary Scientist at The University of Queensland and
is a former Director of UQ’s Companion Animal Clinic.
Cats, Carriers and Vets:
Tips on making it easier to get your cat to the vet or cat show
Busy Cats are Happy Cats
Cabin fever can be the bane of an indoor cat's existence, but it doesn't have
to be that way.
Plants and Your Cat
An interesting article from CFA - Listed here are plants poisonous to cats
that must be avoided if there are cats in your home. Please note there will be
plants in Australia not listed here which are also poisinous
Don't Pick a Catfight
A cat can shred your arm in a second, and she won't hesitate if she thinks
she's in danger. Because cat bites need to be taken seriously, there are a
couple of rules every cat owner should always follow:
When you are reading about different cat breeds or checking the personality
descriptions of cats at a shelter, you may come across some that are described
as "doglike." And it's true that some cats, like dogs, will follow you around,
play fetch or go for walks on leash. But if you want to take better care of
your cat, the last thing you should be doing is treating him like a dog.
Feline Reproduction: Giving Birth to Kittens
Too often a litter of kittens comes as an almost total surprise. The cute
little girl kitten from last fall is one day noticed to be a bit round in the
middle only the very next spring. No one got around to spaying her and she
seemed too young for – er – adult entertainment.
Caring for Kitty When Disaster Strikes
When disaster happens, whether it is a killer storm, fire, or severe illness,
it is important to have plans in place for one's pets. First and most
important, every pet needs a carrier of some sort. While pets may be so
docile and outgoing that a trip to the vet is as simple as scooping him/her in
your arms and heading for the car, this isn't going to happen in an emergency.
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Cats and rodents are a classic predator/prey system, popularized in familiar
cartoons and demonstrated every day by household cats around the world.
Naturally, mice and rats have many defense strategies to avoid their mortal
enemies, including an innate fear of the smell of cat urine. That is, until the
animals become infected with a protozoan called Toxoplasma gondii. Then,
rodents' deathly terror of cats turns into a fatal attraction.
Plan Ahead for Your Pets when you can no longer care for them
It's a sobering thought, but do you know who will take care of your pets if
you should die or be so incapacitated that you can no longer care for them?
Many people assume that family members will keep their pets, but shelter
volunteers see numerous pets surrendered because of the owner's death. Whether
your death turns out to be unexpected or not, planning for your pets' care can
give you peace of mind.
Fountains and Wet Food Help Prevent Feline Urinary Problems
For a healthier cat, add water. No, not to the outside -- your cat will
happily bathe himself -- but to the inside. Encouraging increased fluid intake
is one of the best things you can do to keep your cat healthy, along with
keeping him at the proper weight.
Combined, these two preventive-care strategies cost little and can save lots,
by helping to prevent a common malady that can be a serious problem for cats
and their owners -- feline lower urinary tract disease, or FLUTD.
Illness, Changes can Trigger Litter Box Issues
Failure to use a litter box is the top behavior complaint of cat lovers,
sending countless cats to shelters every year. But that doesn't have to be the
sad outcome, if you're willing to work on the problem.
New Handling Techniques Make Taking a Cat to the Vet Much Easier
In the past, I've been less nervous about air travel than I have been about my
cats' veterinary appointments. And there's a reason for it: While I can and do
manage my own levels of stress and annoyance when turning myself over to the
air-travel system at the security checkpoint, controlling a cat's fear of the
veterinary hospital has been for many years something I couldn't manage.
Early isolation impairs brain connections
Early isolation and neglect can produce lasting cognitive damage, ranging from
severe emotional instability to mental retardation
The Cat Disease Most Humans Don't Get from Cats
Adding another Adult Cat Requires Preparation and Patience
If you're thinking of adopting another adult cat, there is never a bad time.
Here's how to ease the strain on new cat, old cat -- and you.
Toys are Essential to Keeping your Cat Active and Happy
Inside every cat is a lion. Or a tiger. Or a lynx. Or, really, all of these
great hunters. And in your cat's mind, he's a wild predator, too.
Veterinarian discovers new fungal species - VIN
A veterinarian in Australia has identified a previously unknown species of
fungus that can infect cats, humans and dogs with life-threatening consequences.
Catch Cat Illness Early by Watching for your Pet's Clues
Cats are good at hiding signs of illness, and even better at hiding when
they're ill. That's why we cat owners need to know our cats well, so we can
notice the subtle changes that may mean something deadly is brewing.
10 Questions to Test your Feline Expertise
Cats seem so mysterious, but sometimes their mysteries aren't so hard to figure
out. How well do you know cats? Check out these 10 fast questions, with the
answers at the end. No fair letting your cat help!
Feeding Orphan Kittens
Information of bottle feeding and care of orphan kittens
A Guide to Keeping Your Cat Healthy